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After 17 Years, Lee Rodegerdts Knows His Way ‘Round TRB

January 18, 2012

($1) In 2006, Lee Rodegerdts delivered a presentation about roundabouts to the Transportation Research Board’s Highway Capacity and Quality of Service Committee. For Rodegerdts, an associate engineer with Kittelson & Associates, Inc. (KAI), the presentation – a progress report on research regarding a new procedure to analyze roundabouts in the United States – was heady stuff. He was principal investigator on the KAI-led research, and committee members were individuals for whom Rodegerdts had the utmost respect.

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Dr. James Bonneson, P.E. Joins KAI

December 07, 2011

Kittelson & Associates, Inc. (KAI) is pleased to announce the addition of Dr. James A. Bonneson, P.E. to the KAI team. Dr. Bonneson brings to the firm nearly 30 years of experience as a researcher, educator, and consultant in the transportation industry, with expertise in arterial traffic operations, highway safety, and highway geometric design.

Jim joins KAI after 17 years with the Texas A&M University System, where he served as a professor and Senior Research Engineer in the Signal Operations Program at the Texas Transportation Institute (TTI). Over that period, he has acted as a partner and advisor to KAI on numerous national research efforts, including development of the 2010 Highway Capacity Manual and the AASHTO Highway Safety Manual. He has also been a principal investigator for multiple research projects, such as NCHRP 3-79: Measuring and Predicting the Performance of Automobile Traffic on Urban Streets. Through this experience, he has developed expertise in intersection capacity analysis, traffic flow theory, simulation, traffic data collection, highway geometric design, and road safety.

As a Senior Principal Engineer based in College Station, Texas, James will work with all KAI offices to help clients nationwide achieve better transportation system performance. He can be reached at (979) 319-1886 or jbonneson@kittelson.com.

Transportation in Portland: A Career 50 Years in the Making

November 03, 2011

Co-written by Kittelson & Associates 2011 Intern, Amy Cavaretta, and Senior Marketing Coordinator, Allison Collins


The Amazing Career of Ronald W. Failmezger, P.E.


Anyone working in or visiting the Portland office of Kittelson & Associates, Inc. is probably familiar with Ron. Crossing paths with him in the kitchen as he pours himself another cup of tea, he always gives a nod and a smile before quietly heading back to his office—a space filled to the brim with rolled up plans, scales, pens and pencils. He is a steadfast worker, devoutly spiritual, and thoughtful in every word that he says. But he is not one to talk about himself—a fact that made the interviewing for this article all the more intriguing, given that, stored in the man’s head is firsthand knowledge of the last 50 years of transportation planning in the state of Oregon. Many know that Ron has been with the company for several years—18 to be exact. However, the majority of Kittelson employees are probably not aware that, prior to joining KAI, Ron spent over three decades working with the Oregon Department of Transportation—a young man who started as one of a handful of traffic engineers and left as the head of a department that he built from the ground up.

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Highway Capacity Manual 2010 Webinars

March 29, 2011

The fifth edition of the Highway Capacity Manual (HCM2010) incorporates more than $5 million of funded research that has occurred since publication of the HCM2000. This latest edition will significantly update how engineers and planners assess the traffic and environmental effects of highway projects.

ITE, in conjunction with the Transportation Research Board is offering a host of webinars to help users learn and apply HCM2010 methods, including --

  1. Highway Capacity Manual 2010 Overview: Now in Four Volumes!
  2. Applications of the New Active Traffic Management Chapter
  3. Changes to Unsignalized Intersection Methodologies
  4. New Multi-Modal Urban Streets Methodology- Pedestrian, Bicycle and Transit Methods
  5. New Signalized Intersection Methodology
  6. Multi-Modal Urban Streets Methodology- Auto Mode
  7. New Material on the Use of Alternative Tools: Micro Simulation Models
  8. New Freeway Weaving Methodology
  9. Enhancements to the Freeway Facilities Method
  10. Enhanced Planning Methods and Application of Generalized Service Volume Tables

Register online or by fax.

Help Us Improve Your Transit System

January 27, 2011

Kittelson & Associates, Inc. is proud to be leading a team in the development of the Transit Capacity and Quality Service Manual (TCQSM), 3rd Edition. As defined in the most recent edition of this publication:

The Transit Capacity and Quality of Service Manual (TCQSM) provides transportation practitioners with a consistent set of techniques for evaluating the quality of service and capacity of transit services, facilities, and systems. The manual’s objectives include providing a logical set of methods for assessing transit services, facilities, and systems; assuring that practitioners have access to the latest research results; and presenting example problems illustrating the application of different procedures. The TCQSM is the primary source document incorporating research findings on transit capacity and quality of service.

How can you help? We need assistance from volunteers like you to ensure this manual stays relevant to the transit community. You can help by filling out a brief TCQSM online survey. This survey will take approximately 15 minutes to complete and all answers are confidential. Survey responses need to be completed prior to February 7, 2011.

It is not necessary to have previously used the TCQSM to participate in this survey; however, if you would like additional information about the manual before beginning, please view one of several comprehensive & fully narrated PowerPoint presentations or download a full copy of the 2nd edition from the Transportation Research Board's website.

Your time and input in this process is appreciated and will be an important contribution toward developing the 3rd Edition of the manual.

Kittelson at 2011 TRB Annual Meeting

January 24, 2011

The Transportation Research Board (TRB) kicked off their Annual Meeting in Washington DC this weekend. This one-of-a-kind meeting attracts more than 10,000 transportation professionals from around the globe and this year marks the 90th anniversary of the event. The 2011 program covers all transportation modes, with more than 4,000 presentations in nearly 650 sessions and workshops addressing topics of interest to all attendees—policy makers, administrators, practitioners, researchers, and representatives of government, industry, and academic institutions. More than 85 sessions and workshops will address the spotlight theme for 2011: Transportation, Livability, and Economic Development in a Changing World.

As the Principal Investigator (PI) on many high profile TRB research projects such as, the 2010 Highway Capacity Manual, The Highway Safety Manual, Update to the Roundabout Guide, an many more, Kittelson & Associates, Inc. (KAI), has been a long-time supporter and active participant at the Annual Meeting. KAI is sending nearly 20 people to the event this year and the majority of them are presenting or speaking at the event. A list of KAI workshops and/or committee members is listed below for your reference. We look forward to sharing some wonderful information from the 2011 TRB experience in upcoming posts.

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The Future of Dynamic Traffic Assignment

November 21, 2010

Transportation planners and engineers today are faced with complex analyses of innovative applications such as system performance, reliability, managed lanes, congestion pricing, one-way two-way conversion, construction detour, and more. Traditional analysis tools, including travel-demand modeling and microsimulation, often do not meet the analyst’s needs or the available budget. As a result, simulation-based Dynamic Traffic Assignment (DTA) has been rapidly gaining popularity and becoming the tool of choice for such applications.

PowerPoint slides included.

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Performance based analysis can support practical design-based project solutions

April 16, 2010

As communities across the country continue to grow, and federal funds to support our aging infrastructure continue to diminish, public agencies look for new ways to maximize investment dollars with minimal compromise. One key approach is the concept of Practical Design, which was pioneered by the Missouri and Pennsylvania DOTs. On April 15th, Brian Ray, from Kittelson & Associates, Inc. and Dr. John M. Mason, PhD, from Auburn University, co-presented a workshop that focused on how industry trends in performance based analysis can support practical design-based project solutions for planning and design projects. Brian and John provided a summary of current and emerging tools that can aid professionals in evaluating, screening, and selecting project alternative concepts.

Slideshow presentation included.

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Transportation System Management and Operations Workshop

February 11, 2010

Throughout 2010, KAI is hosting a series of workshops and open houses in its offices to help commemorate the firm’s 25th anniversary. On February 4th, the Ft. Lauderdale office of KAI kicked-off the series with a Transportation System Management and Operations workshop. Below are the highlights of the presentation.

Slideshow presentations included.

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Pedestrian Crossing Presentation

January 28, 2010

There has been much discussion in the world of transportation regarding pedestrian crossings. The various types of treatments, how to apply design standards and when to make adjustments, and the legalities involved with signage and signalization are just a few of the many aspects that transportation professionals balance with regard to addressing pedestrian crossings. This presentation provided information on the latest research on this dynamic topic.

Slideshow presentation included.

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Multimodal Level of Service Analysis for Urban Streets

December 09, 2009

As state and local jurisdictions continue to evaluate new ways to maximize level-of-service in the world of transportation, more and more attention is being paid to multimodal options and analysis.

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2010 Highway Capacity Manual Workshop

October 28, 2009

On October 28, 2009, a workshop discussing the 2010 Highway Capacity Manual (HCM) was held at the Portland office of Kittelson & Associates, Inc. (KAI). The interactive workshop was presented by Mark Vandehey and Susan Wright of KAI. They described the development of the manual and potential applications for new methods at statewide, regional, and project levels.

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Refining Roundabouts – The Next Five Years

March 15, 2006

Modern roundabouts are being implemented at an increasing rate in the United States. The limited state of practice has resulted in numerous studies assessing the performance of roundabouts in the United States.

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